Nate’s Monday Message 

Welcome to this edition of Nate's Monday Message! This week and every week we have the opportunity to focus some attention on personal development. The only thing that changes you from who you are today is the people you meet and the things you learn. Meet new people. Grow new relationships. Learn new things and share them with others. When you consistently improve who you are you begin to grow and yes change for the better. This week can be the week you start to grow by meeting and learning. Your goal this week is to meet five new people and learn 5 new things. Simple and YES you can do it! Let's Make This The Best Week Of The Year!

ENCOURAGEMENT CORNER...  

Boy’s Weakness A 10-year-old boy decided to study judo despite the fact that he had lost his left arm in a devastating car accident. The boy began lessons with an old Japanese judo master. The boy was doing well, so he couldn’t understand why, after three months of training the master had taught him only one move. “Sensei,”(Teacher in Japanese) the boy finally said, “Shouldn’t I be learning more moves?” “This is the only move you know, but this is the only move you’ll ever need to know,” the sensei replied. Not quite understanding, but believing in his teacher, the boy kept training. Several months later, the sensei took the boy to his first tournament. Surprising himself, the boy easily won his first two matches. The third match proved to be more difficult, but after some time, his opponent became impatient and charged; the boy deftly used his one move to win the match. Still amazed by his success, the boy was now in the finals. This time, his opponent was bigger, stronger, and more experienced. For a while, the boy appeared to be over-matched. Concerned that the boy might get hurt, the referee called a time-out. He was about to stop the match when the sensei intervened. “No,” the sensei insisted, “Let him continue.” Soon after the match resumed, his opponent made a critical mistake: he dropped his guard. Instantly, the boy used his move to pin him. The boy had won the match and the tournament. He was the champion. On the way home, the boy and sensei reviewed every move in each and every match. Then the boy summoned the courage to ask what was really on his mind. “Sensei, how did I win the tournament with only one move?” “You won for two reasons,” the sensei answered. “First, you’ve almost mastered one of the most difficult throws in all of judo. And second, the only known defense for that move is for your opponent to grab your left arm.” The boy’s biggest weakness had become his biggest strength. 

Moral: Sometimes we feel that we have certain weaknesses and we blame God, the circumstances or ourselves for it but we never know that our weaknesses can become our strengths one day. Each of us is special and important, so never think you have any weakness, never think of pride or pain, just live your life to its fullest and extract the best out of it!”

WORDS TO LIVE BY... 

“You are braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” – Christopher Robin, Winnie the Pooh 

“Ohana means family. Family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten.”– Lilo, Lilo & Stitch 

“Even miracles take a little time.”– Fairy Godmother, Cinderella 

“And don’t spend your time lookin’ around for something you want that can’t be found.”– Baloo, The Jungle Book 

“I’d rather die tomorrow than live a hundred years without knowing you.”– John Smith, Pocahontas 

“So whenever you feel alone, just remember that those kings will always be there to guide you. And so will I.”– Mufasa, The Lion King 

Take control of your life and charge towards your dreams! Nate